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July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If Republicans gain a seat in three governor's races this November, they will add to a spate of GOP upsets in the South.Last year, Republicans unseated Democratic governors in Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia just two years after President Bush won all three states handily in the 2000 election. This year, the GOP is hoping to defeat Democrats in Kentucky and Mississippi while holding onto their seat in Louisiana.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) Congress is still negotiating a major Medicare prescription drug bill, but it looks like the Health Savings Account may be one item that's a keeper. Free market critics of the Medicare Prescription Drug and Modernization Act warn, however, that it won't be enough to win their support for the new $400 billion drug benefit.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On Election Day 2003, voters in a number of cities and counties will decide questions related to public education funding and tax increases."Everybody is looking for money somewhere," said Jacqueline Byers, director of research for the National Association of Counties, who pointed to homeland security costs and funding cuts from state legislatures as factors driving the scramble for money.
July 7, 2008, 8:30 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - GOP wins in Tuesday's Kentucky and Mississippi governor's races put added pressure on Democrats to show viability in the South, with all eyes on Louisiana's Nov. 16 runoff and, looking ahead, next year's presidential election.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - On the battleground of parity between men's and women's collegiate sports, opponents of how the Bush administration is interpreting Title IX are rebounding with a new legal challenge. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs or activities that receive federal dollars. According to the U.S. Office of Civil Rights, Title IX impacts approximately 16,000 local school districts, 3,200 colleges and universities, and 5,000 for-profit schools.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Amid controversy over the handling of the federal Superfund program, the Bush administration said it will seek an additional $150 million for hazardous waste site cleanup in the Fiscal Year 2004 budget. The proposed increase, announced Friday, would bring total Superfund spending for the year to $1.39 billion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Dying is expensive and taxpayers can expect a big bill in the decades to come as the large Baby Boom generation grows older and begins to die off, according to a new study."It's a lot more expensive to leave this world than to enter it," said John C. Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis. "The reason people aren't more aware of the expense is because most of it is hidden" in big government programs, namely Medicare and Medicaid.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: This is another in the series of profiles of Democrats running for their party's 2004 presidential nomination.)(CNSNews.com) - Immediately after retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark exited the stage to thunderous applause at the Democratic National Committee's fall meeting in Washington, D.C., a wave of party activists streamed out of the room. One of Clark's nine rivals for the party's 2004 presidential nomination, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, was up next. In the brief interval between speeches, though, dozens of chairs were vacated.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - As Congress sets the stage to once again debate a Medicare prescription drug benefit this year, patent protections enjoyed by name brand drug companies are likely to resurface as lawmakers look for ways to control prescription drug prices.Democrats and liberal interest groups accuse the name-brand prescription drug industry of gaming the patent system and price-gouging senior citizens. What's more, Republicans have been too cozy with the industry, critics suggest.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Maryland hasn't elected a Republican governor in 36 years, but the GOP's Robert Ehrlich now leads Democratic nominee Kathleen Kennedy Townsend in two separate polls, prompting liberal groups to escalate their attacks on Ehrlich's positions on guns and abortion.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Even though Republicans tacked an airline bailout onto the president's supplemental war budget request, they are unlikely to go along with a slew of amendments offered by Senate Democrats to boost spending on homeland security.Enough federal dollars are already allocated to homeland security, and states and localities ought to assume their fair share of the expenses, many Republicans believe.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(Editor's Note: Adds comments from South Dakota Democratic Party spokeswoman and clarifies source of information regarding Gordon and Drapeaux)(CNSNews.com) - Reports of voter registration fraud involving Democrats and Indian reservations are pouring out of South Dakota, the home state of Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Less than three weeks before the mid-term election, the allegations complicate one of the closest Senate races in the country, one Republicans hope to win in order to regain control of the chamber.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Two fence-sitting Democratic senators who last week voted in favor of a scaled-down version of President Bush's tax cut package will face negative consequences within the policy community "only in Washington," according to one political expert.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - The likely ascendancy of San Francisco liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi to the post of House minority leader has sparked questions about whether she will lead the Democratic Party too far left, jeopardizing its chances of taking back the House in 2004.In the wake of a disappointing 2002 mid-term for Democrats, Pelosi herself has stressed the importance of 2004, the year of both the next presidential and House elections.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Movie action hero, Kennedy spouse and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger is keeping people guessing about whether he'll vie for the California governorship.The "Terminator" star has virtually 100 percent name recognition in a state where that's crucial, but it's not clear whether he has the political appeal to win the required plurality of votes on a crowded recall ballot or the backing of GOP party loyalists.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - If former NATO Supreme Commander Wesley Clark chooses to run for president on the Democratic Party ticket, he already possesses strong defense and foreign policy credentials, but skeptics say his lack of experience in elected office and his as-yet-unknown position on core Democratic issues would be his weak points.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Ignored by the Democratic political establishment, perennial presidential candidate Lyndon LaRouche, Jr. has raised nearly $5 million for a 2004 White House bid, more money than four major candidates whom the Democratic National Committee acknowledges and invites to its events.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - President Bush wants $53.1 billion in federal taxes to spend on public education for fiscal year 2004 as part of the record $2.2 trillion budget he sent to Congress on Monday. Democrats are accusing the president of not spending enough.For education, the proposed spending represents an increase of $2.8 billion (or 5.6 percent) over his 2003 spending plan.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - A Republican lawmaker wants former Clinton administration Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin to testify before a Senate committee regarding his failed efforts to get government help in preventing the collapse of energy giant Enron.Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) also took a rhetorical swipe at Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), former Democratic vice presidential nominee and possible 2004 presidential candidate, for his reticence in forcing Rubin's testimony before the Senate this fall.
July 7, 2008, 8:29 PM EDT
(CNSNews.com) - Does California's Republican Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger pose a danger to Democrats at the national level? Some political analysts think so. While the state remains a largely Democratic state that President Bush would likely have trouble winning in 2004, the analysts said Schwarzenegger should be viewed as a force to be reckoned with.